$1,000 per gun tax in U.S. territory follows Seattle’s $25 gun tax, Cook County (Ill.) gun tax, and Hillary Clinton endorsement of a 25% national retail gun sales tax

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Northern Marianas Islands this week enacted a $1,000 per gun tax. As reported by

On March 28, Chief Judge Ramona Villagomez Manglona, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands, ruled the U.S. territory’s 40-year-old total ban on handguns was unconstitutional, saying “because the people of the Commonwealth are part of the American people who have overwhelmingly chosen handguns as their principal means of self-defense, the Second Amendment protects that right here as well.”

In a reply to the court order barring enforcement, the Commonwealth Senate passed a strict gun control bill earlier this month to which the House added a $1,000 per pistol excise tax, which the Senate approved unanimously on April 7, sending the bill to Gov. Ralph DLG Torres which he signed into law Monday.

The $1,000 gun tax follows Seattle’s 2016 imposition of a $25 per gun tax (and a two to five cent tax on bullets) the Cook County, Ill. gun tax, and Hillary Clinton’s endorsement of a new national 25% retail sales tax on guns.

“The Left is now seeking to tax guns out of existence,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “The Second Amendment makes it difficult to legally ban guns, but Hillary has led the way to explaining you can achieve the same thing with high taxes.”

In passionate testimony to the Senate Finance Committee in 1993, Hillary Clinton gave her strong personal endorsement to a new national 25% sales tax on guns and endorsed a steep increase in the gun dealer fee, to $2,500.  Further details are available at ATR’s dedicated website,